Green lentils can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to cook, but they can be made ahead. If properly refrigerated, cooked plain green lentils may keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
- 1 cup of dry green lentils will make about 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils.
- To cook, 1 cup of dry green lentils requires 3 cups of liquid
How to Cook Green Lentils (basic instructions)
- Rinse one cup of dried lentils with water; pick over and remove any debris.
- Transfer them to a saucepan and add 3 cups liquid (water, broth, etc.) Add seasonings and aromatics of choice. Add a pinch of salt (salt may slow down cooking a bit, but it is important to flavoring the lentils.)
- Bring the water to a rapid simmer, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are tender (anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes, adding more water as needed to keep the lentils submerged.)
- Once the lentils are cooked, strain them well be serving
Green Lentil Recipes & Ideas
Because of their firm texture and mild peppery taste, green lentils are a versatile legume that can be used in a variety of ways.
You can use them to create a satisfying power salad, as a side, or to make a hearty pot of chunky vegan lentil soup. Even cooked very simply in boiling water, and finished with our Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil, green lentils can make the perfect bed for this saucy Mediterranean baked fish.